Film Tour Wrap Up

This summer, Colorado Preservation, Inc. and the Colorado’s Most Endangered Places Program launched their first annual Historic Places Traveling Film Tour. We had a great time traveling across the state to venues including the: Colorado State Capitol House Chamber, Tabor Opera House, Hangar 61, Redstone Castle, Kress Cinema & Lounge, Tread of Pioneers Museum, Salida SteamPlant Event Center, and Manitou Springs Heritage Center. Our Film Tour featured Havey Productions, Centennial Statehouse: Colorado’s Greatest Treasure, which was awarded as the Best Documentary Short Film at the TriMedia Film Festival in early September. The Film tells the story behind one of the great architectural treasures of the American West, capturing the stories and people associated with the Statehouse and how they have shaped the state of Colorado.

As a part of the Film Tour, Colorado Preservation, Inc. worked to raise awareness and funding for the Colorado’s Most Endangered Places Program. The Tour’s mission is to promote the benefits of historic preservation, educate communities on the current structural issues the State Capitol is facing and its effects on preservation funding statewide, and highlight historic theatres and sites through cultural tourism.

We thoroughly enjoyed traveling across the State and screening this film in some truly incredible venues. We are excited to start planning next summer’s tour, and would love to be a part of your community’s summer programs. If you would like to get involved in the 2013 Historic Places Traveling Film Tour please contact Rachel Parris at, or (303) 893-4260, ext. 236.


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Homesteaded in 1895 by Dick McQueary to provide a stop for the Georgetown Stage Line, the 320-acre 4 Bar 4 Ranch has strong ties to Grand County and Colorado's heritage. The Georgetown Stage Line traveled on the road through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch from Idaho Springs to Hot Sulphur Springs over Berthoud Pass. In 1895 a roadhouse and stage stop were constructed on the ranch. The hotel and barn were constructed using trees from the Ranch property, and the hotel remained open for travelers coming over Berthoud Pass by horseback and wagon until 1913. With the coming of the automobile, the roadway over Berthoud Pass and through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch was considered an integral part of the Trans-Continental “Midland Trail” highway. Following the closing of the stage line, the ranch continued to host travelers until 1912 or 1913 when it was purchased and converted into a Ford Motor Company . Ford vehicles were sold here until 1917, when Harry Larkin purchased the ranch site. Today emergency efforts are underway to ensure it survives through the winter. Donations are in need. To learn more, contact Jennifer Orrigo Charles at

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